Travel 6: Honfleur, France

I tend to fall in love with every place I visit. Sometimes it’s the people of the place who win me over, other times it’s the atmosphere or the sheer natural beauty. My stay in Honfleur was much too short to get to know the community but it’s atmosphere was lovely. Perhaps it was the stillness of a misty day or the the smell of crepes and espresso wafting around the Vieux-Bassin, the old harbor, that won me over. Either way, here’s a taste of my day of wandering this quaint Normandy town:

Travel 6 is a new theme on the blog where I share 6 images from places I wander to. 

 

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Travel 6: Amsterdam

It was a bright sunny afternoon as I rolled into Amsterdam. One of those warm fall days where being outside was a requirement, especially for people in a notoriously cloudy city. I hopped on a canal cruise for a 2 hour intro to this historic city, which was completely new to me. The canal system and streets were alive with tourists and locals toasting the perfect weather.

As I had heard, bicycles rule the streets here and watching them navigate the cobblestone streets and Saturday traffic made me squirm. So I chose to wander on foot. Here’s what I found during my short stay:

Travel 6 is a new theme on the blog where I share 6 images from destinations I’m lucky enough to visit. 

 

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Travel 6: Bergen, Norway

 

Last September I traveled to Bergen, Norway to begin my Atlantic crossing onboard the MS Fram, a Hurtigruten expedition ship. Since Bergen was a new destination for me, I flew in 2 days early so I could wander around this stunning city. Bergen is on Norway’s western coast, surrounded by mountains and protected harbors. It’s ridiculously beautiful and quaint.

I stayed with a lovely couple through AirBNB and spent my days exploring the twisted streets and hiking the Mount Fløyen nature trails. It was the perfect way to begin my upcoming adventure. I hope to make it back someday for more exploring. Here’s what I found:

Travel 6 is a new theme on the blog where I share 6 images from destinations I’m lucky enough to visit. 

 

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Expedition: Norway to Brazil

 

This fall, I’m heading out for a month-log expedition cruise from the fjords of Norway to the rainforests of Brazil. The trip is a collaboration between the Polar Arts Program and Hurtigruten cruise line. During this unique opportunity, I’ll continue work on my Oceans project, lecture on photography and document the voyage for passengers onboard. I can’t wait to witness the vastness of the great Atlantic and share the experience with you.

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Cheers, Hannele

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New Work: After Hours on Ocracoke

 

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind this year with my dog photography business beginning to take off. I’m grateful for that and excited to see where it goes. I’m having a ball photographing animals but my heart still yearns for photographing wide open spaces – especially with water and fog. If you hadn’t noticed, I have a type…

A few weeks ago, I headed back to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a little R&R with my family. The moon was scheduled to be full during our visit so one evening after dinner, we headed for the beach – tripod + timer in hand.

I’ve never been one to photograph the moon in the classic sense – big and bold. Other photographers do that and do it very well. My approach is more about the feeling I get in its presence. That night on the beach was magical. The only people we saw were hundreds of yards away quietly enjoying a small bonfire. The clouds shifted over us obscuring the moon at times and the ocean was relatively calm. We spent about an hour making pictures before we were driven out by mosquitos.

I see some large prints in my future and a few may end up in my ongoing Oceans project. What do you think?

 

Long-exposure selfie! David couldn’t help swatting mosquitos…

 

Happy Spring + Summer, all! ~Hannele

 

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